© 2019 by Cameron James Mackay

1. Introduction     2. Cryosphere     3. Meltwater     4. Timelapse     5. Human Impact     6. Expressive Arts

2. Cryosphere

If you want to learn about how ice can flow and form huge structures such as glaciers, Greenland is one of the best places to visit!

 

The surface of Greenland is covered by 656,000 square miles (1.7 million square kilometres) of ice. That’s just over 20 times the size of Scotland! This ice flows very slowly towards the coast, forming some of the world’s largest glaciers as it does so.

Glaciers

The four-person expedition team travelled to the western edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet where the Russell Glacier is situated. The glacier has been receding due to climate change. The team observed water draining from the ice sheet and captured ‘calving’ events on film. This is when the ice breaks off from the glacier.

Ice Sheets

The team also travelled onto the Greenland Ice Sheet itself to see for themselves the features that can form there. They saw the huge cracks in the ice called ‘crevasses’ that form as the ice twists around mountains and rocky outcrops. The team observed how the crevasses are reacting to the harsh Arctic conditions.